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We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

Nowadays people's visual imagination is so much more sophisticated, so much more developed, particularly in young people, that now you can make an image which just slightly suggests something, they can make of it what they will.

Author: Robert Doisneau (1912)

Profession: French Photographer

For such an advanced civilization as ours to be without images that are adequate to it is as serious a defect as being without memory.

Author: Werner Herzog (1942)

Profession: German Film Director

The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.

Author: Milan Kundera (1929)

Profession: Czech Author, Critic

Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The strong tendency of the multitude in all ages and nations to idolatry can be explained on no other principle.

Author: Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859)

Profession: American Essayist and Historian

Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.

Author: Paul De Man (1919-1983)

Profession: Belgian-born American Literary Critic

We operate with nothing but things which do not exist, with lines, planes, bodies, atoms, divisible time, divisible space -- how should explanation even be possible when we first make everything into an image, into our own image!

Author: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Profession: German Philosopher

The visual is sorely undervalued in modern scholarship. Art history has attained only a fraction of the conceptual sophistication of literary criticism. Drunk with self-love, criticism has hugely overestimated the centrality of language to western culture. It has failed to see the electrifying sign language of images.

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.

Author: Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution. Poignant longings for beauty, for an end to probing below the surface, for a redemption and celebration of the body of the world. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?

Author: Andy Warhol (1930)

Profession: American Artist, Filmmaker